As congratulatory messages continue to pour in for the newly elected DA leader John Steenhuisen, EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has lashed out at the party for appointing a “school fearing” man to lead SA’s second-biggest political party.

Ndlozi attributed Steenhuisen’s win to patriarchy and white male privilege.

Ndlozi tweeted “Baas John, your highest qualification comes from the university of white male privilege. You don’t value education yet you want to preside over a literate, science-driven, post-industrial age. Your rise is an announcement to all white males that education doesn’t matter”.

Steenhuisen made headlines in 2018 when the Sunday Times reported that the DA in KwaZulu-Natal suggested the position of the party’s chief whip be filled by a person who holds a degree, while Steenhuisen’s highest qualification is a matric certificate.

Steenhuisen has previously defended himself on social media by saying he had enough experience to serve South Africans.

Ndlozi said Helen Zille, who was re-elected as the DA’s federal council chairperson and is the former DA leader, would not have led the party without a post-matric qualification because she is a woman.

Steenhuisen has not responded to Ndlozi’s criticism, but a war of words ensued between Ndlozi and DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone, who said the EFF MP is bitter because he will never be leader of his own party.

The tweets below: